Photo: Frances Hatch in Bridport, South West

Frances Hatch

Artist, Teacher

Direct work in the landscape is central to my practice. The environments within which I work currently include Devon, The Isle of Purbeck along The Jurassic Coast and the North West Highlands of Scotland. Antarctica holds enduring significance. Each site has its own palette and demands something particular of me… at times I integrate colour (gouache, acrylic or watercolour) with what is available in the landscape and at others the found material offers all. When painting with material ‘of the place’ I feel a narrowing of the separation between it’s transience and my own. By grubbing around for my tools and pigments I make discoveries about a place that I might otherwise miss. If I return, even a day later, a different set of possibilities arise because I’m different and I’m encountering matter, water, light and air that continually fluctuate.

Location Bridport, South West
Activities Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting
Tags drawing, painting, lecture, landscape, earths, workshop, West Dean College, plein air, on location, water-based

News & Events

  • Artist Talk on Friday 8th May 6.30pm at

    ARTIST TALK: Jan Walker and I will discuss our very different approaches to working with and about the wild coastal regions that excite us. T: 01308 459511 E: for ticket

  • Land Marks Walk

    Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL

    A 'walk and work' drawing event in the landscape: Participants will make a series of marks and images in the landscape with gathered materials. Info: T: 01308 459511 E:

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    04/04/2015 – 31/05/2015
    Kevis House, Lombard Street, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0AG.

    An exhibition of work by Jonathan Newdick and myself, Frances Hatch: Two 'plein air' painters.

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  • EARTH AND ROCK- Earth and Rock. paintings: Frances Hatch and Jan Walker

    18/04/2015 – 31/05/2015
    Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL

    The exhibition online Included are pieces made in Cairngorm and NW Highlands of Scotland, Devon, Dorset and Pembrokeshire.https://slade

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    21/07/2014 – 30/08/2014
    Kevis House Gallery

    This show witnesses to the artist's experience of change in Studland and Charmouth along the Jurassic Coast.: shifting season, ebb and flow of water, earth movement, light and weather.

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    Just published ebook; EARTH MATTERS 1 ISBN: 978-1320011563 Available on and Apple iBookstore

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